One of the recent trends amongst the middle- and high-school set has been "sexting" Â --taking explicit photos of oneself and sending those via text to others. Many adults are horrified that such a thing is happening.
Okay. Sexting is bad. It is bad for one's reputation. It can damage job prospects. The photos can get in the hands of really creepy adults, etc.
However, it is a stupid thing done by kids, and the photos are sent from one teen to other teens. How does it then become defined, by law, as "child pornography"? Ah, yes... That would be because our antiquated laws label anyone possessing such photos "sex offenders" even when the people involved are of the same age.
In case you're wondering, possession of kiddie porn is a felony. So, in other words, these kids who take the photos, forward the photos, or even just receive the photos are in danger of being charged as felons and faced with bearing the label "sex offender" into their adult lives.
No, sexting isn't good, but these laws are ridiculous and a waste of taxpayer dollars. Let's save that time and energy and go after real predators--not kids doing stupid stuff.
For a recent example of teens who may end up bearing the "sex offender" label, see:Â http://www.publicopiniononline.com/localnews/ci_13502808